Sources for the History of the Ṭayyibī Ismāʿīlī Daʿwa in Yemen and Its Relocation to India

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This article surveys the available sources for the history of the Ṭayyibī Ismāʿīlī daʿwa in Yemen, in particular in the years leading up to its relocation to India in 974/1566 and beyond. To date, this period has received little attention from historians of Yemen and Ismāʿīlism due to a lack of available sources, which was caused by the exclusive nature of the community and the hostility it has faced throughout its history. The present contribution is a first step in closing this gap in Yemeni and Ismāʿīlī history. A sample from a collection of correspondence exchanged between the daʿwa officials in Yemen and India (Qarāṭīs al-Yaman) is edited in an appendix.

Sources for the History of the Ṭayyibī Ismāʿīlī Daʿwa in Yemen and Its Relocation to India

in Journal of Islamic Manuscripts

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PoonawalaBiobibliography p. 172.

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PoonawalaBiobibliography pp. 244 248 and Burhānpūrī Muntazaʿ al-aḫbār pp. 213–215.

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BurhānpūrīMuntazaʿ al-aḫbār pp. 196–197.

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See Poonawala pp. 326–328. See also Poonawala’s contribution to the present volume.

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    Qarāṭīs al-Yaman. MS Tübingen, University Library, Ma VI 330, f. 63r.

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    Beginning of Muntazaʿ min ʿIbrat al-labīb. MS Private collection, Ṣanʿāʾ, Yemen, p. 1.

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    End of Muntazaʿ min ʿIbrat al-labīb. MS Private collection, Ṣanʿāʾ, Yemen, p. 53.

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    Beginning of Muntazaʿ min Badīʿ al-aḫbār. MS Private collection, Ṣanʿāʾ, Yemen, p. 2.

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    End of Muntazaʿ min Badīʿ al-aḫbār. MS Private collection, Ṣanʿāʾ, Yemen, p. 138.

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